Meta Smith Davis is a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. An outspoken advocate and public speaker on issues of social justice and community health, Davis works as a program manager for Open Health Care Clinics in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
“If we want people to be healthy, we have to offer them every opportunity to do so,” Davis said from her Louisiana office. Davis was diagnosed with hepatitis C, caused by a virus that attacks the liver, in the 2000s.
Most patients have no symptoms. That means the disease can be challenging to diagnose and treat. But treatment, through antiviral medications, does work in 98 percent of patients.